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10 Things You must do before Getting Breast Implant Surgery

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Breast Implant Surgery Preparation

breast augmentation surgery costBreast implant cosmetic surgery will involve a significant amount of recovery time. If the patient plans well in advance for this period, the recovery can be safer, smoother and easier. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin provides breast implants to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding locations.

Organize Things at Home to Minimize Stress

Healing will be faster and better when your home environment is calm with low-stress spaces. For instance, clear an overflowing laundry basket before surgery, put things in their proper places so you do not have to search for them, and remove daily-need items from up-high shelves so that you will not have to raise your arms over your head after surgery.

Stock Up the Basics on Your Bedside Table

You can set up a sort of “post-op recovery station” on your bedside table. Stock basics such as pain medications, tissue and wet wipes, bottled water and lip balm. Place your cell phone, watch/alarm clock, and TV remote within easy reach. Have some DVDs nearby so someone else perhaps can easily find what you want to watch. There is nothing wrong with a cup holder as well.

Arrange for Extra Pillows

Following breast implant cosmetic surgery, you may be required to keep yourself upright at a 45 degree angle for a few days. You may consider arranging for a “wedge” type pillow for this purpose, and also add pillows to your sides.

Keep Arnica Montana at Home

Mountain daisy aka Arnica Montana is a common herbal supplement to reduce swelling and bruising. Your plastic surgeon may recommend it for a few weeks. However, use it only as per your surgeon’s advice.

Buy a Cocoa-Butter Based Lotion

When you are ready to shower after the surgery, make use of a non-abrasive washcloth and anti-bacterial soap. A gentle shea or cocoa butter based lotion can help to improve post-op dry and flaky skin.

Arrange Childcare and Pet Care

If you have a little baby who needs care, consider arranging for childcare for a few days to support recovery. You may also require help to walk the dog and take care of its needs. Make these arrangements well in advance.

Stock up the Food

You may not feel like cooking at times, so stock up the kitchen with easy-to-prep foods. You may even make and freeze your favorite dishes ahead of time. To address potential concerns such as constipation, stock up on prune juice, white grape juice, and canned peaches.

Acquire Familiarity with Surgical Bra

The surgeon may provide you with a post-operative surgical bra that is breathable and easy to remove. You will be required to wear it regularly for the first few weeks before you switch to an underwire-free sports bra for another few weeks or months. Get familiar with the surgical bra well in time.

Store Ice Packs in the Freezer

Ice packs can help to reduce pain and swelling after the surgery. You may keep a set of four flexible gel ice packs, so that you can use two at a time, while the other two can be in the freezer.

Buy Comfortable Clothing

Choose some loose fitting, comfortable clothes to wear after the surgery. Take care to select something that zips or buttons up the front, and does not need to be pulled over your head.

Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas for breast implant surgery.

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